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“Dialogue is a process of genuine interaction through which human beings listen to each other deeply enough to be changed by what they learn. Each makes a serious effort to take other’s concerns into her or his own picture, even when disagreement persists. No participant gives up her or his identity, but each recognizes enough of the other’s valid human claims that he or she will act differently toward the other.”

-Hal Saunders, Founder of Sustained Dialogue

Listening for a Change!Sustained Dialogue 2013 2014

Beloit College might just be the most diverse community many of us ever live in.

We’re geeks and jocks, fraternity and sorority members.  We’re gay, straight, trans*, queer, and asexual. We’re men, women, and all the genders in between. White, black, Latino, Asian, rich, poor, domestic and international, religious and secular—we are a mishmash of identities.

Our identities give us power around here, or they take it away. Sometimes they produce conflict. We tread on each others’ toes, crash into each other’s worlds.  Every college has its conflicts, and Beloit is no exception.

Sometimes it feels like the spheres of identity are closed—

  • that only athletes hang with athletes
  • that only women can talk feminism on campus
  • that fraternities and sororities are their own isolated little communities
  • that all of our social circles are closed circuits

But the team of students and administrators behind Beloit Sustained Dialogue is convinced we can connect those circuits and open the doors with a little skilled engagement!

Sustained Dialogue 2013 2014

"I appreciated the opportunity to get to know students
I normally wouldn't talk to, and the issues that are important
to them. I think SD helped me be more open in general
when it comes to topics about identity and opinions
that differ from my own. Hoping to stay involved!